Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Sunday evening movie

We're still very excited about our fancy new tv. Since the resolution on this tv is so much better than on our old tv, we were interested in seeing whether the display from a Blu-Ray in our PS3 on this tv was better than on our old tv. To do that, we went to the video store for a movie. We were quite surprised at how many titles there were that we'd wanted to see. Clearly we haven't been watching enough movies lately! Almost every title interested us.

In the end, we chose to rent The Book of Eli, which we'd sort of planned to get until we saw that there were so many other choices. This is a post-apocalyptic movie that follows a "chosen man" who is journeying West through a wasteland while carrying a book that has the power to restart humanity. There is a battle between "good" and "evil" where each side defines their beliefs and what is precious in almost identical ways but to different ends. Nothing is really black and white, though; bad characters have good in them and vice versa. There's a lot to this movie, if you want to look at it that way - but you can enjoy it for what it is, too.

Cinematically, this movie is quite unusual.. It takes place not in a big city but in rural communities and the real stars in it are the ground and the sky with hardly any differentiation between them. This lack of differentiation is achieved in part by the sepia-ness of the movie. There are very few colours throughout most of this film, which contributes much to the atmosphere of this movie

This is a compelling, very good movie that we highly recommend. There is violence, and there are some disturbing scenes, but it's an excellent movie. So good, in fact, that I think it stands up to multiple viewings. The special features add a lot to the movie as well - they aren't all just trailers or re-telling the story; there's more too them. Like the graphic novel that they basically wrote to define their scenes and shots. If you see this movie, watch the special features, too. They're worth your time.

Oh - and yes, this new tv definitely has a better Blu-Ray picture. Everything is crisp and the colours are as graduated as we'd see in a theatre. We're very happy with our purchase. :)

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